Kayla Richardson Named 1st Team All-Southern Conference
May 6, 2009Ashe County Huskies
Kayla Richardson is a 2005 Ashe County High School graduate and was the Ashe County High School JV Girls Basketball Assistant Coach for the 2008-09 season.
Courtesy: Appalachian Sports Information
Kayla Richardson earned first-team all-Southern Conference while Michelle Lighton and Katie Boyd were named second-team selections and Megan Rembielak was named to the all-freshmen team, the conference office announced Tuesday.
The first-team all-conference honor is the first for Richardson who leads the SoCon in innings pitched with 187, and complete games with 13. The senior ranks second in the conference in wins, with a single-season ASU record 13 and strikeouts with 143 which ties the single-season record while her 2.58 ERA is fourth in the conference. She has also broken ASU career records for strikeouts, 337, and wins with 33.
Boyd earns her second-consecutive all-conference honor after being named first-team catcher last year. This year, the sophomore has played every game at third base and leads the SoCon in eight different offensive categories and broke the SoCon record for walks in a season with 62. She is also on pace to break the SoCon record for on base percentage and slugging percentage. She leads the conference with a .389 batting average as well as runs scored, home runs, RBI and total bases. All but the batting average are single-season school records. She is currently tied for sixth in NCAA division I in home runs with 16 and is third and eighth respectively, in on base and slugging percentage. Her 1.18 walks per game is tied for first in the nation. Her 62 walks are tied for 13th best in a single-season in division I while her 21 intentional walks is tied for fifth most. In just two years, Boyd has set ASU career marks with 25 home runs and has tied the walks record at 88.
Lighton becomes the second-straight Appalachian freshman catcher to garner all-SoCon honors after Boyd earned the honor last year. Lighton has played in all 52 games this year, starting in 49. She broke the ASU freshman RBI record with 32 and is second on the team with five home runs. Her 32 RBI put her ninth in the SoCon while her 22 walks puts her in seventh place.
Rembielak has started every game at shortstop and is third on the team in average, runs scored and hits. Her 35 runs scored ranks her tied for third in the SoCon. The freshman leads all ASU hitters with a .329 batting average in conference play.
Appalachian finished tied for second with a school record 14 conference wins and will be the No. 3 seed at the SoCon tournament. The Mountaineers play the No. 6 seed UNC Greensboro Wednesday at noon.
P: Brianna Streetmon, Georgia Southern
P: Kayla Richardson, Appalachian State
C: Abby Robertson, Furman
1B: Michelle Fuzzard, Chattanooga
2B: Tiffany Baker, Chattanooga
SS: Nina Iduate, Georgia Southern
3B: Kristie Shifflett, College of Charleston
OF: Lyndsey Stiles, Chattanooga
OF: Katie Forbes, College of Charleston
OF: Marie Fogle, Georgia Southern
DP: Mollie Fowler, Western Carolina
UT: Megen Smith, Georgia Southern
P: Michelle Fuzzard, Chattanooga
P: Lana Mackey, Furman
C: Michelle Lighton, Appalachian State
C: Brittany Eason, Chattanooga
1B: Sam Russo, Georgia Southern
2B: Amber Shifflett, College of Charleston
SS: Kaitlin Merkt, UNC Greensboro
3B: Katie Boyd, Appalachian State
OF: Kaiti Kelley, Chattanooga
OF: Amanda Hall, Georgia Southern
OF: Stephanie Field, Furman
DP: Shannon Howard, College of Charleston
UT: Robyn Harmon, Samford
Megan Rembielak, Appalachian State
Katie Forbes, College of Charleston
Stephanie Field, Furman
Hanna Ennis, Georgia Southern
Marie Fogle, Georgia Southern
Alex Emeterio, UNC Greensboro
Robyn Harmon, Samford
Amy Gonzalez, Samford
Jenni Martin, Chattanooga
Chelsea Schaffer, Western Carolina
Player of the Year
Kristie Shifflett, College of Charleston
Pitcher of the Year
Brianna Streetmon, Georgia Southern
Freshman of the Year
Marie Fogle, Georgia Southern
Coach of the Year
Frank Reed, Chattanooga